AMAZON RAINFOREST UNDER IMMEDIATE THREAT, FOUR BILLS IN BRAZILIAN CONGRESS PUT REGION and PLANET AT RISK
BRAZIL - An urgent crisis is happening in Brazil with the potential to affect all humanity. If the Brazilian government changes the constitution and shifts legislation to take away rights protecting the natural biomes of Brazil in the Amazon rainforest, this will set in motion a cascading ecological collapse on a global scale. These bills may just sound like numbers and letters, or only affect the people of Brazil, however, these bills are very real and will cost significant human lives soon and be devastating for future generations.
The Brazilian government has announced voting on four major bills beginning Monday, September 20th and despite our deep concerns, the Brazilian Congress will most likely pass these bills that will significantly degrade the balance of the Amazon rainforest and the other Brazilian biomes, catalyzing the irreversible rapid desertification of the Amazon Basin. These bills (attached below) include the PL 3729 (that affects Environmental Licensing), the PL 2633 (concerns matters on land grabbing), the PL 6299 (which will shape how Poison Packaging is conducted), and most importantly, the PL 490, (transfers ability to demarcate indigenous land).
One of the most critical bills, the PL 490, proposes to change the constitution, transferring to the National Congress the competence to demarcate indigenous land. Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) describes this as “Disrespectful of the Constitution'' as it allows the government to reclaim the land that is rightfully owned by the indigenous peoples. In addition, it hands over the use of water resources and energy potentials to foreign agents. This is not only a future threat to the lives of the Indigenous population, since the beginning of the Bolsonaro administration (2019-2020), there has already been a 25 percent increase in land-related conflicts in Brazil. Peaceful demonstrations by Indigenous for their voices to be heard have been met with harsh brutality by the police and others.
This, and the many offenses against the Indigenous Peoples, have been compiled in an International Complaints Dossier released last week by APIB. This dossier has been filed with the International Criminal Court at the Hague calling for the investigation into crimes of genocide and ecocide, and states, "Given the current threatening context that impacts not only the life of indigenous peoples but the entire socio-environmental integrity of their lands, with direct consequences in further aggravating the climate and environmental crisis that affects the entire planet, APIB asks for support from its partner's network."
“It’s our last chance to try and delay one of the most fateful changes of legislation in history. Will you help us?” is the urgent appeal from APIB, "These bills attack lands already approved and demarcated and open space for illegal mining and deforestation. It attacks all our rights.” The APIB mobilization began on Aug 22 with over 6000 Indigenous and supporters gathered in the “Luta Pela Vida” (“Struggle For Life”) encampment in front of the Brazilian Congressional buildings. On Wednesday, September 8th, more than 4,000 Indigenous women from six Brazilian biomes gathered to participate in the Second National March of Indigenous Women in Brasília to peacefully continue fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples. People around the world are standing in solidarity with them in demonstrations and gathering online using the hashtag, #StandWithAmazônia.
The National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), which is in charge of protecting the indigenous peoples and handling land demarcation processes, has been targeted by significant structural changes (for example, the lack of financial resources). Agencies are not the only ones being attacked, prominent individuals, such as Sônia Guajajara, who was summoned to the Federal Police for producing the web series Maracá2, have also reported these attacks.
Data from the 2010 census held by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), indicates that the Brazil indigenous population is 817,963 individuals. By allowing these bills to pass, they are allowing the further disintegration of 817,963 people's rights. Furthermore, the total number of families affected by conflicts is 171,625, of whom 57% are Indigenous families. This does not even consider the detrimental effects these bills will have on the environment.
If any of these bills are allowed to pass, it will be nearly impossible to salvage whatever remains of the rainforest, let alone hold on to what is left of the environmental rights and human rights. A drastic increase in international awareness and action is vital if we want to put a stop to this irreversible domino effect, leading us to our own extinction.
We’ve had final decades, final years, final months, and final days. But now, we are literally in the final hour. If we do not take action now, the destruction and collapse of the climate begin today.
BRAZIL - September 13th, 2021 - As the crisis situation continues unfolding, we are sending out an urgent SOS and update regarding the human rights and environmental crisis taking place in Brazil at this very moment. We are requesting urgent international action, attention and support on the matter concerning the Articulation of The Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and the legislation the Brazilian Government is likely to pass. Brazilian legislators need to know their decision this Wednesday, September 15, 2021 , will not only endanger Brazil and the Indigenous Peoples, but all of humanity potentially pushing us past the ecological ‘tipping point’ of 25% deforestation. They need to know the World is Watching.
THE CRISIS: A SOS CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL HELP!
On Wednesday, September 15th, the Federal Supreme Court verdict on “Marco Temporal” (Time Mark) is expected to be announced, this is ahead of bills PL 3729, PL 2633 & PL490 scheduled to be decided on Monday, September 20th. If any of the bills pass, it will be nearly impossible to salvage whatever remains of the rainforest, let alone to hold on to what is left of the environmental rights and human rights that protect the Indigenous Peoples and the Amazon. A drastic increase in international awareness is vital if we want to put a stop to this irreversible domino-effect and ‘cascading system collapse,’. In a statement by demand that the Brazilian Congress defeat these bills categorically. This issue is NOT only an internal Brazilian concern, but an issue that affects the entire future of human and animal life on Earth.
“This is just the beginning of a narrative of making collective dialogue through finding their voices among themselves. More and more will join the fight to defend and preserve our territories from invasions, loggers and miners,” summarizes a source from the camp.
DETAILS + PRESSING TIMELINE:
On Wednesday, September 15th, the Federal Supreme Court verdict about the “Marco Temporal” is expected to be announced closely followed on Monday, September 20th, by the legislative bills include the PL 3729 (that affects Environmental Licensing), the PL 2633 (concerns matters on land grabbing), the PL 6299 (that will demarcate indigenous land) and most importantly, PL 490.
The PL490, a bill that proposes to transfer to the National Congress the ability to anul the demarcation of indigenous land. APIB (Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation) is calling upon the International Community to join their fight to prevent this illegal bill from passing - thus allowing the government to steal land that is rightfully owned by the indigenous peoples of Brazil — and hand foreign agents use of water resources and energy potentials, thus a complete “Disrespect of the Constitution.”
If any of these legislations pass, the Brazilian government will allow an unprecedented state-sanctioned mining and deforestation of the Amazonia, causing rapid acceleration towards climate catastrophe and bringing us dangerously close to the irreversible ecological tipping point.
THE AMAZON + GLOBAL CLIMATE IMPACT
Climate scientists, Sir David King and Carlos Nobres both concur that if a change is made in the constitution to strip rights protecting the natural biomes of Brazil, an irreversible cascading collapse will be set in motion causing severe climate disruption on a global scale, significant degradation of the Amazon rainforest resulting in cataclysmic rapid desertification of the Amazon Basin.
According to renowned climate scientist Alzenir Ferreira de Souza, “The destruction of the Amazon has the potential to be a ‘Doomsday Bomb,’ causing planet-wide environmental
destruction.” Furthermore, The Intercept notes that “over the last 50 years, about 20% of the Rainforest has been burned or cut away.” As the current fires rage on and the policies that led to them continue to exist, another 20% — 300,000 square miles — could soon be gone as well. Futurism.com surmises that If this all comes to pass, leading scientists warn of a ‘cascading system collapse,’ in which the Amazon’s eco-system begins to completely crumble while releasing a planet-devastating amount of stored carbon in the process.”
As accounted in commontimes.org, “encouraged by President Jair Bolsonaro, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged to its highest annual level in a decade over the past year, with researchers warning that the accelerated destruction of the critical carbon sink is imperiling the ability to keep planetary heating below the Paris climate agreement’s 1.5 percent target. Imazon, a Brazilian research institute whose mission is to promote conservation and sustainable development, reported Thursday that from August 2020 to July 2021, 10,476 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest were destroyed, a 57% increase over the previous 12-month period.
2020 marked a record-breaking number of mining on Indigenous lands (2020) while according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, in October 2020 50% of the original flora in this biome was lost due to the outbreak of 2,835 fires in the Cerrado.
THE LIVES OF BRAZIL’S INDIGENOUS ARE IN DANGER
Passage of these bills would additionally pose a future threat to the lives of the Indigenous population. Since the beginning of the Bolsonaro administration (2019-2020) we have seen a 25 percent increase in land-related conflicts in Brazil as demonstrated on November 1, 2019 when Pualo Paulino Guajajara was murdered by illegal loggers while trying to protect his land and its people. Furthermore, Peaceful demonstrations by Indigenous people have been met with harsh brutality by police and others.
The International Complaints Dossier released last week by APIB, documents the many offenses against the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and has been filed with the International Criminal Court at the Hague calling for the investigation into crimes of genocide and ecocide, and states, "Given the current threatening context that impacts not only the life of indigenous peoples but the entire socio-environmental integrity of their lands, with direct consequences in further aggravating the climate and environmental crisis that affects the entire planet, APIB asks for support from its partners network."
CONTACT THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT:
Please show your support and call upon the Brazilian government to tell them that they cannot allow this bill to pass. Who to contact: President Jair Bolsonaro - IG @jairmessiasbolsonaro